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7 December Dusky Thrush still at Beeley

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DOS News


NOW AVAILABLE!!! Derbyshire Bird Report 2014

DBR 2014 Cover

The latest Derbyshire Bird Report published November 2015. Complete Systematic List for the 206 species seen in Derbyshire in 2014, Lesser Black-backed Gull – a new breeding species for Derbyshire, probable urban breeding of Lesser Black-backed Gull, the effect of winter temperatures on Wren survival, late winter and early spring gatherings of Curlew, ten Peregrine years and more

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Derby Peregrines

Catch up on all the Peregrine news at Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project here

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Swift Project

DBR 2014 Cover This is a joint project between the Derbyshire Ornithological Society (DOS) and the Derbyshire Wildlfife Trust (DWT) and is aimed and stopping the decline in Swift numbers see here for more details. If you have submitted a Swift record to the DOS since Spring 2014 and have been involved in surveying then thanks very much. Please note that if you sent in records using e-mail then you may be e-mailed by Nick Brown (Project Co-ordinator) for more information on your sightings - any contact will only be in connection with the Swift Project.

Albert Village Lake Field Trip 7 December

For anyone hoping to attend the Field Meeting at Albert Village Lake next Wednesday, 7th December please note that Occupation Lane is closed for 2 weeks presumably for road repairs. I assume that a diversion will be signposted for Albert Village Lake but in case it is not try the following.
Take the second roundabout take the first left into Moira Road and continue until you meet the main road-Reservoir Hill with the Lake in front of you. Turn right here and drive towards Albert Village and take the first on the left down towards the small carpark as stated in the original directions.
Still plenty of Gulls there yesterday-30th Nov-including a good number of Caspian Gulls of all ages

Thinking of joining the DOS?

The DOS subscription rates will be increased from 1 January 2017 from £12pa to £17pa for adult and family members and from £5pa to £7pa for junior members. However if you join between now and 31 December 2016 you will not only get the current lower rate but not have to pay the new rate until 1 January 2018. So if you are thinking of joining the DOS, or wish to buy a subscription as a Christmas present, now is the time to do it. There is an application form on the DOS website here
Please note that the £12 rate is for new members only, existing members will need to renew at the new rate - see December Bulletin for a renewal form

More help with records submission is now available

Following suggestions from users a new spreadsheet is available to help you submit your records click here. The Submit a Record form is intended for a small number of records and this spreadsheet for occasions where you want to submit more than 5-10 records. Instructions are supplied on the spreadsheet

Wildlife Crime

If you witness or suspect wildlife crime then please contact the police (ask for a Wildlife Crime Officer) or RSPB. Your information will be dealt with in confidence but if, for any reason, you are reluctant to take either of those routes then please at least pass the information to Crimestoppers by ringing 0800 555111

The Birds of Derbyshire

Some excellent reviews recently e.g. in British Birds. For details of the new DOS book and how to order click here

See the Meetings and Trips page for the 2016-2017 Indoor Meetings and Fieldtrip programme dates

Check out the Carsington Bird Club website

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Meetings and trips


The next indoor meeting will be on Friday 27 January 2017 at the Evergreen Club, Allestree

The next planned Field Trip is on Wednesday 7 December to Albert Village Lake

More Details

  Site restrictions

Birdwatchers are are asked to respect the following restrictions:

  • Willington GP: Please stay on the main tracks, do not use the gravel company roads and stay away from the water on the Canal Pit
  • Foremark Reservoir: No access at any time to the area along the dam wall or the the west side of the reservoir
  • Ambaston GP: Please stay on the public footpath
  • Drakelow NR: Please do not walk in front of the main hide
  • Aston-on-Trent GP: This is a private working gravel pit with permit only access during working hours. The closer pits can be viewed from the A50 slip road with a telescope but no access should be attempted AT ANY TIME (or you will have to explain yourself to the local constabulary!)

Safety first!

Respect landowner's privacy

"The interests of the bird comes first"

Birdwatchers code of Conduct


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